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TANGIER - Norma Jean Cruse, 81, of Tangier, Ind., died at 5:10 a.m. EDT Monday, April 10, 2017, at The Waters of Covington.
She was employed by Chesty Chips in Terre Haute, Canton Glass in Marian, Parke County Landfill, was an Avon representative, owner of Norma's Market in Tangier from 1980 to 1987 and a clerk/phone receptionist for Mel Cruse Auctions.
She was born June 4, 1935, in Howard, Ind., to the late Kelly E. Little and Opal N. Marshall Little.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Melvin L. Cruse, whom she married June 4, 1955, in Howard. Also surviving, two sons, Mike (Christy) Cruse of Sylvania and Steve (Cheryl) Cruse of Perrysville; one brother, Dean (Bev) Little of Sylvania; two sisters, LaVeta Millikan of Tangier and Lila (Rich) Ritz of Winter Haven, Fla.; brother-in-law, Max Cruse of Martinsville, Ill.; sister-in-law, Sandra Little of Champaign, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Michael L.(Dana) Cruse, Casey (Billy) Cruse, Seth Cruse, Ryan Cruse, Amanda (Taylor) Cruse, Montana (Tanya) Faulkner, Samantha Faulkner, Christa (John) Doolin, Cara (Jeff) Tolbert, Courtney Tolbert; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Deborah Lynn Cruse; two brothers, Joe and Kelly L. Little; sister, Linda Collings; two brothers-in-law, John Millikan and Jim Collings; sister-in-law, Judy Sutherlin.
She was a 1953 graduate of Tangier High School. She was a member of Rush Creek Friends Church, Howard Ladies Aide, Tangier Home Ec club and Order of the Easter Star Fountain Chapter 204 in Kingman, serving as Worthy Matron in 1980.
Music was a big part of her life and she was offered a position with Bobby Helms and Joe Edwards traveling and performing on WTTV Channel 4 music program. She was chosen to sing at the dedication of Turkey Run High School in 1957. She and Mel were active square dancers for more than 50 years. She enjoyed watching her sons play and sing, loved to play Bingo and singing at many churches and nursing homes.
Services will be 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 13, at Gooch Funeral Home, 112 W. Howard St., Rockville, Ind., with Pastors Carl Huxford and Doug Newnum officiating. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, with an O.E.S. Memorial service at 8 p.m. EDT at Gooch Funeral Home.
Memorials should friends so desire, may be made to the Rush Creek Friends Church in her memory. Friends may sign an online guest register at www.goochfuneralhome.com
Published on April 10, 2017
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